It joins others in the Bellevue Literary Press pathographies series that consider how disease affects populations both from a medical and a cultural perspective, and it provides close inspection of the aspirin industry's processes and responses, controversies revolving around treatments of and research into Reye's syndrome
, and how the politics of public health management can at times work against the very populations it's charged with protecting.
However, Reye's syndrome
was not confirmed in any child.
is a rare but serious illness that usually occurs in children aged between three and 12.
Since liver involvement is common in Reye's syndrome
, they measured liver enzymes and documented gross derangement of liver function (12).
The couple lost one child, Sean, as a crib death, and their 12-year-old daughter, Dealyn, to Reye's syndrome
But he added that the education campaign may be more important than the label, citing Reye's syndrome
as an example.
Children and teenagers on long-term aspirin therapy who could develop Reye's syndrome
after the flu.
Signs of Reye's syndrome
- including sudden retching, sluggishness, and slurred speech - develop three to seven days after the start of flu symptoms in teens and children.
is a neurologic and metabolic disease that occurs primarily in children aged 2 to 16 years.
The drug is already banned for under-12s because of links with Reye's Syndrome
, a rare but potentially fatal condition which affects the liver and brain.
If youngsters are given aspirin during childhood there is a very small risk of them developing Reye's Syndrome
, which is a condition affecting the liver and the brain but there is no connection to mothers taking it during pregnancy.
Also dangerous to chickenpox sufferers is Reye's syndrome
, though it more often occurs after children are given aspirin to treat fever.
There is a strong connection between the serious disease, Reye's syndrome
, and aspirin.
A word of caution: several studies have linked the use of aspirin to the development of Reye's syndrome
in children recovering from influenza or chickenpox.
Children and teenagers 6 months to 18 years of age on long-term aspirin treatment, who, if they catch influenza, could develop Reye's syndrome
which causes coma, liver damage, and death